Compared to most recent years, when for example I recorded 165 species in the county in 2011, 187 in 2012 and 173 in 2013, this has been a particularly poor one with just 157 species recorded by mid December - one of my worst years on record


It's all over - 2012 has come to an end. I managed a total of 187 out of the 198 species recorded all told in Buckinghamshire - 94% of the total - probably my highest-ever annual tally.

The current record is 191 species achieved in 2006 and held jointly by both Rob Hill and Simon Nichols

Thursday, 29 August 2013

28 August: WRYNECK and a trio of PIED FLYCATCHERS

Tim Watts discovered a WRYNECK on the track leading to Ladymead Farm late morning Wednesday, in the area of the brook and stone walls at SP 754 203 NNE of Quainton village. The bird was typically skulking but remained long enough for Mike & Rose Collard, Graham Smith and others to connect before totally disappearing for good just after 1330 hours.

I visited the site from 1600 hours and after finding a juvenile PIED FLYCATCHER in Denham Lane/Denham House garden as I walked up, I eventually saw two more in the hedgerow NNE of the church along with up to 20 Spotted Flycatchers, a juvenile Common Stonechat, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Willow Warbler, 11 Common Chiffchaff and a single Garden Warbler; also 40 Barn Swallow and 15 House Martins.

Three different juvenile Pied Flycatchers at Quainton Hills on Wednesday 28 August (LGRE and Sean D'Arcy)